Tropical Tragedy gets a Good Ending!

Sequoia is our friend & Haiti connection.  He has made many trips to Ile a Vache, Haiti, without theft problems.  Unfortunately, that just changed this past week.  Fortunately, people donated to help out!  We are currently driving to Cape Coral to pick up a engine for s/v Tandameer.  We will deliver the engine along with all our other donations on board s/v Oceans, as soon as the weather clears.  Ed Ricci donated 150 watt solar panel to be taken to Haiti.  Thank You, Ed.

 

December 28, 2017

My heart is broken. Well not really, but it feels like it: I feel betrayed, hurt, angry, sad, all the heartbreak symptoms. Last night some desperate poor Haitian man or two swam out to Tandemeer, cut the line to our 10’ Caribe dinghy, took it ashore and stole the 15 HP Nissan 4 stroke outboard motor that I bought new last year. It is our main form of transportation to and from the boat. The boat is our home, the dinghy and motor are our vehicle to get from home to everywhere we go. Yes I can do The Work and forgive them, and come to love them and what is, and yes I can understand that they are desperate and they see me and all Blancs on yachts who show up here as rich beyond anything they can imagine or hope for. Yes, eventually I will find the money to buy another motor and find one somewhere (not here… either unavailable or too expensive). But right now I am left feeling betrayed and hurt and sad and angry. I could feel righteous indignation: “after all we have done for them, this is how they repay us… etc.” My first reaction was to blame everyone, to say “no more help for them… I am going to leave and not come back.” But that would not be fair or justified as most people are grateful, and receive the benefit of the jobs we create and gifts we bring. It was not the women and children who have to carry water by hand every day who stole our motor. They will still appreciate the running water from the pumps we are installing. A few days ago we gave dozens of boxes of medical supplies to the free clinic so they can have health care. It is ironic, as over the last three years I have brought and given away four outboard motors to people who need them. Today we were planning to give out 30 or 40 sails to the fishermen who need them so they can catch fish to feed their families. But right now I am feeling hurt and sad. I will get over it and come back to feeling love and acceptance soon. I know that love is really all there is and all that matters. I wish you all love and peace, and even look forward to forgiving the men who stole our motor this morning.

when can we leave????

We have gotten word that boat insurance is ALMOST in order to sail to Haiti.  Yippee!!!

We have operated the Wirie Booster successfully.

So, as soon as the cold front passes & weather permits, we will depart & sail to Ile a Vache, Haiti with donations.  The sail should take 4-5 days, we are quite  heavily loaded, in fact, a bit too heavy to see the water line. We would like to have fairly calm seas carrying this load.

 

Merry Christmas

Joy to you and the world

Still in Florida, update from “chained to the dock, Rick & Teri”.

We were so close to leaving for Haiti with our friend Sequoia Sun and his crew…when our insurance company informed us that now they could not insure us in Haiti.  No How, No Way!  They always knew our plan to go there.

We are now into over a week long search for insurance for s/v Oceans to go to Haiti and around the world.

We had about 6 other things happen at almost the same time, that were departure stoppers or close to it.

This is rather hard!

Big dreams/goals don’t happen without big efforts.

We will succeed and we are happy to celebrate The Birth of Jesus Christ.

During this Beautiful, Joyful Season, may you feel and live with the Peace of Jesus Christ.

Love, Teri-Jo & Rick

The Course

At Vimeo there is a 13 minute film, The Course. This was made 3 years ago by Audra Blake, she was a film student at University of North Carolina Wilmington. She approached me about doing a short film about me. I thought she was joking. I agreed if it could help promote those we were trying to help. Teri and I had joined Sea Mercy and were dreaming of our future, to help others on very remote islands , sail around the world, and leave a positive impact with those we met.

Big Water and Big Purpose

The painstaking tasks of fitting, s/v Oceans out for “Big Water and Big Purpose”.

All New: (7) solar panels and 2 solar controllers
Generator
All New standing & running rigging
Code Zero Sail
(12) interior fans
water maker & change of location
Electronics
(2) Anchors; chain & rode
(2) Sail Drives
Cockpit wind shield
Exterior salon window shades
Added 2 new port lights to the 2 forward staterooms
Replaced All hatches